New work from studio: Chautauqua County Streams, New York

From March 2-30, 2012, I will be presenting a solo exhibition in the Octagon Gallery, which is part of the beautiful Patterson Library in Westfield, New York. I have always been a fan of the library and its architecture along with its collection of historic paintings of the Westfield and taxidermy specimens.

Over the past few years, my research and exhibitions have been outside the region so I haven’t had much of an opportunity to make paintings of some of my favorite locations that are close to home.

This is a rare opportunity for me to dedicate a good bit of time to documenting these scenes. I am planning on creating six to eight new four-foot paintings of water scenes from Westfield (Chautauqua Creek), Fredonia (Canadaway Creek), Arkwright (Canadaway Creek), and Brocton (Corell Creek) during different times of the year.

These are three of the recently finished works for the exhibition.


New work from studio: Four Mile Creek, Rochester, New York

Here’s some studio shots of some recent work for an upcoming exhibition at the Davison Gallery at Robert Wesleyan University in Rochester, New York in March of 2012.

The two paintings are of a brown trout and the stream  that was documented last year at for Mile Creek in Webster just outside of Rochester. This work is part of the Biological Regionalism Series which documents environments and fish species located near the exhibition venues. The work tries to create connections between society, culture and nature.

The Davison Gallery is located in the Kodak Atrium, Roberts Cultural Life Center, at Roberts Wesleyan College, 2301 Westside Drive, Rochester, NY 14624. The exhibition runs from March 2 -30, 2012. The Davison Gallery is open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Upside to getting old.

Back in 1988-89 (22 years ago) before arriving here at SUNY Fredonia, I had the pleasure of teaching art at Lincoln-Sudbury High School in the outskirts of Boston, MA. The folks there were very nice to me and the students were very committed to their education. One of those curious students was a young man whose name was Josh Peters. He was always asking questions and there seemed to be a genuine interest in art outside the academic setting but I also knew that life had a way of directing one’s future and that being an artist can be a difficult career choice. I really didn’t think much about it until Josh emailed me a few years ago that he was finishing graduate school at Rutgers University with a MFA in Painting.

I was surprised by the email but very proud of his hard work and perseverance.  I’m glad that we have kept in touch ever since as I have seen him exhibit his work in China, Hong Kong, Germany as well as in major cities on the east and west coast of the United States. He is now also curating “ La Californie”, an exhibition that opens this Friday, September 9th, in Los Angeles. It is very exciting to experience his progress through his career ….maybe getting old isn’t so bad if you can stick around long enough to see your students realize some of their dreams.

He will also be exhibiting in the ‘2011 Fellows’ exhibition at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA and ‘The Unseen’ exhibition at the Torrance Museum of Art, Torrance, CA.